Saudi Arabia Ask Syria to Stop Violence in East Ghouta

 The Saudi Arabian government asked the Syrian government to stop the violence in its attacks in the East Ghouta region.

"We emphasize the need for the Syrian regime to stop the violence, allow the entry of humanitarian aid, and to take seriously the path of political solutions to this crisis," the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Twitter accounts as reported by the AFP news agency The Saudi Ministry also asked Damascus to comply with UN Security Council resolution 2254, calling for a national ceasefire and political transition.

Jet- Syrian jet fighters have continued to bombard East Ghouta, a region on the outskirts of Damascus in recent days. The attacks of President Bashar al-Assad's regime have been reported to have killed more than 300 people and triggered international condemnation.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the situation in East Ghosta this time "hell on earth. " The UN Security Council plans to vote on a draft resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire to allow for medical aid and evacuation.

Occupied by rebels since 2012, East Ghouta is the last bag held by the opposition around Damascus. President Assad has mobilized additional troops in an effort to reclaim the territory.

So far more than 340 thousand lives have been floated during the 7-year-old war in Syria. Millions of citizens have left their homes and cities are falling apart.
(ita / ita)

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US House Speaker Meets Saudi King

US House Speaker Paul Ryan leads an American Congress delegation to the Middle East, and meets Saudi King Salman at his first regional stop.

A statement issued by Ryan's office said the talks in the Middle East will focus on regional stability, – businesses fight ISIS, terrorism and Iranian aggression. During his visit, he was accompanied by five members of Congress from Republicans and one from the Democratic Party.

Saudi government news agency reported Ryan met King Salman on Wednesday after being greeted at the airport in Riyadh by Chairman of the Board Shura Saudi Arabia, the ruling consultative body of the kingdom.

Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, faces an election this year if he decides to run again as a member of the House for the 11th time.

He is scheduled to visit the United Arab Emirates on Thursday (25/1). [ab/uh]

Israel and Saudi Arabia Cooperation to Build Railways


Israel-Saudi Arabia begins to follow up the construction of the railway line connecting the country with the Arab countries. This development cost the Israeli budget of 4.5 million US dollars.

Daily Al Araby Al Jadeed reveals this railroad project is part of cooperation between economic megaproyek two countries. This rail will be used for the distribution of goods and people in Israel and the Arab countries passed.

The Israeli news site based in London, England, Yedioth Ahronoth mentions the Israeli government has allocated a budget amounting to 15 million New Israel Shekels (NIS) or equivalent to 4.5 million US dollars in the 2019 budget.

The planned departure station from Israel will be built in Bisan. The railway line will cross Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia to carry various items housed at Port Haifa.

Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz calls this railway line a 'peace line' that opens new trade routes for the bay country through Israeli ports.

The construction of this rail is an ambitious project of Katz. In mid-January 2018 he mentioned that this new line would be connected to a rail line from Beit She'an Timur to the Sheikh Hussein crossing in Jordan.

The 15-kilometer border route is planned to be built with double tracks, bridges and tunnels . Special technology will be used to subdue the mountainous terrain. In addition, checkpoints will still be built on the border. This railway will reduce the number of truck operational that is prone to accidents in the region.

In Israel, two ports (Haifa and Ashdod) have been prepared as terminals to accommodate Gulf countries' goods for export to America and Europe. If the construction of this rail completes the Israeli-supplied distribution line becomes an unhindered distribution line.

The Wall Street Journal mentions this development project has been prepared for years by Israel. The records they obtained from the Israeli airport authorities say cargo and trucks that pass through this line in the 2010-2015 range have increased fourfold.

Trucks loaded with trucks from the port of Haifa to Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq carry cargo of Spanish oranges, Jordanian textiles, and auto parts from Europe.

Used Turkish truckers carrying goods from Haifa said he used to unload the cargo in Mersin, Turkey. He also served the route through Syria to get vegetables and fruit brought to Amman, Jordan. Now the distribution line will be easier if through the Suez Canal, to Saudi Arabia or by land routes through Israel. "The Israeli line is the best way for business.This route is promising," he said.

The concept of building the rail line itself is not much different from the heyday of the Ottoman Empire. The Kingdom built a steam railway line to connect the Meditarania Sea to markets in Damascus and to the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia.

(ayo / jat)

US Oil Production Increases and Seems to Surpass Saudi Arabia, Russia

A global energy agency said US oil production rose and forecasts ahead of major oil producers Saudi Arabia and Russia this year.

The International Energy Agency said in its monthly market report Friday that American oil production, which has jumped to its highest level in nearly 50 years, will surpass 10 million barrels per day, while higher prices encourage more producers to start exploring the oil.

The agency stated that "this year promises to achieve record production for United States. "

Meanwhile, global oil demand growth is expected to remain unchanged at 1.3 million barrels per day. This is mainly due to the impact of higher oil prices and as consumers turn to other types of energy, such as natural gas. [uh]

Saudi Arabia Release 2 Pangeran who had been arrested in connection with corruption

 Saudi Arabia freed two princes who had been arrested for alleged corruption in early November 2017. The two freed princes were the son of the previous Saudi King, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

Reported by Anadolu Agency, Friday (29/12/2017), Princess Nouf Binti Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud through his Twitter account upload photos with two princes who have just been released. Both are Mishaal bin Abdullah and Faisal bin Abdullah. In his Twitter, Princess Nouf expressed gratitude to God.

Princess Nouf is the brother-in-law of Prince Miteb bin Abdullah (65), the former Head of the Saudi National Guard. Prince Miteb was previously also arrested on suspicion of corruption, but was later released after paying a fine of up to Rp 13 trillion.

Saudi authorities themselves have not officially announced the release of both. However Saudi Arabia's Sabq News on its website reported that 'two princes' were free and paid a fine to the government. Not explained details about the name and amount of money paid.

In early November, Saudi authorities under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman abruptly arrested hundreds of people, including some prominent political and business leaders for alleged corruption involvement.

Those arrested included 11 princes, four government ministers in office, dozens of former ministers, and some Saudi businessmen 'high profile'.
(rna / gbr)